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Jul 18

Eye for intricate detail

Patrick Haddock, of Devonport, is a paper tole artist who has won first and second prize in two categories at the Royal Hobart Show.
Nanjing Night Net

AFTER Devonport’s Patrick Haddock had a quadruple bypass five years ago he developed a love for a craft that won him four awards at the Royal Hobart Show last month.

The enthusiastic paper tole artist went to the show and came back with both first and second places in the open paper tole section and the same places in feathering and furring section.

Paper tole art, which involves adding dimensions to pictures using paper layers, requires patience, concentration and an eye for detail, he said.

“You’re trying to create a picture and make it as real and life like as you can.”

His passion for paper tole began when his heart operation stopped him doing leatherwork.

He took up the new hobby so he wasn’t watching TV all day, and learnt from Paper Tole World’s Toni McCarthy in Queensland.

“It’s very time-consuming,” he said.

“It could take me up to 100 hours to do one picture.”

He takes between 60 and 80 hours on average to complete a piece, although often he stops to talk to anyone interested in his pictures while he works at the Axeman’s Hall of Fame.

“Time’s irrelevant when you do something you enjoy. It’s a hobby,” he said.

He moved to Tasmania four years ago and began to do paper tole in the North-West, joining the Axeman’s Hall of Fame as a maker three years ago.

When adding layers to a picture, he will use a scalpel, shaping tools and scissors for its fine work.

Some of the details he creates are tiny.

“I’ve cut an ant out of paper and put it on a branch,” he said.

While making leaves, he will layer them but also add small veins to make them realistic.

“If you come [to the hall] you can see how it stands out.

“It is very detailed [work]. Extremely so.”

In one picture of two kookaburras, which won him second prize in the Royal Hobart Show’s feathering and furring paper tole section, he cut each of the birds’ feathers individually and attached them to the work.

He won first prize in that section for a picture of ostriches.

Mr Haddock mentioned one reason he does this work.

“It’s the look on people’s faces when they see the end result.

“They don’t believe I’ve done it with paper. You . . . have to show them it’s paper,” he said.

Axeman’s Hall of Fame owner-manager Peter Maloney said paper tole artists had come in to learn from Mr Haddock.

“He’s one of the makers you could put up with the top end,” he said.

“That’s the quality he is. It is A-grade work.”

Mr Haddock teaches paper tole at the Axeman’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday and Wednesday between 9am and 2pm.

He also works on his paper tole pieces on market days at the hall on Thursday and Sunday.

For more information contact the hall on 6426 2099.

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